Rules of Attraction

How Love Keeps You Healthy
January 19, 2004 Issue

 N. Korea: Atomic Shakedown
 Kashmir: A Glimmer of Hope
 SARS: Averting an Outbreak
 Terror: Targeting Thailand
 S. Asia: The Road to Peace

 South Korea: Capital Maneuver
 Indonesia: Advice for Couples
 China: Rules of Attraction
 Appreciation: Stephen Waugh

 Paris: Crystal Wonderland
 Style: Swing into Spring
 Zurich: Jungle Fever Top Headlines
With things loosening up across China, it's instructive to recall the country's bastions of conservatism: the Communist Party foremost, the People's Liberation Army second. And then there's the Ping-Pong team. China's national table tennis squad is, of course, the world's finest: seven of the top 10 female and five of the best 10 male players in the world are Chinese. But with great paddle power comes great responsibility, as the team was reminded last week. Six players were accused of engaging in "romantic relationships" with teammates. That's against the team's code of conduct.

As punishment, four of...

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